A year after her death, the memory of Jenni Rivera propels the artist to No. 1 on the year-end Top Latin Artists chart, a tally that takes into consideration airplay, downloads and streaming-but in Rivera's case, it was all about album sales.
The regional Mexican diva-who died Dec. 9, 2012, after her private airplane crashed in Mexico-has dominated Spanish-language media for the past year. On Billboard's year-end charts, she tops the Regional Mexican Albums and Latin Pop Albums recaps with "La Misma Gran Senora" and "Joyas Prestadas: Pop," respectively (both on Fonovisa). Rivera also comes in at No. 1 on the year-end Top Latin Albums chart with "La Misma Gran Senora," which arrived days after her death.
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Prince Royce lands at No. 2 on the Top Latin Artists recap, propelled mainly by sales of greatest-hits album "#1s" (Top Stop) and new studio set "Soy el Mismo" (Sony Music U.S. Latin), in addition to a string of radio hits including "Darte un Beso" and "Te Me Vas."
At No. 3 is Marc Anthony, aided by his smash, life-affirming hit "Vivir Mi Vida," the first single off "3.0" (Sony Music U.S. Latin), his first salsa studio album in a decade. The set was produced by Sergio George, who comes in second to Fernando Camacho Tirado on the Hot Latin Songs Producers tally. "3.0" falls in behind Rivera on the Top Latin Albums recap but takes the top spot on the year-end Tropical Albums list.
"Vivir Mi Via," a feel-good anthem that covers Algerian singer Khaled's "C'est la Vie," tops the Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay Songs recaps.
And while radio playlists were populated by dance-ready tropical hits and catchy banda tracks that overpowered all other regional Mexican genres, their corresponding album sales were sparse. Just as 2012 was dominated by the uptempo and the urban, this year's hits were predominantly romantic-a surprise, considering such singles had such a hard time at radio.
Beyond Rivera and Anthony, other albums in the top 10 of the year-end Top Latin Albums chart included Alejandro Fernandez's Confidencias (Universal Music Latino), Andrea Bocelli's Pasion (Sugar/Universal Music Latino) and the romantic compilation Las Bandas Romanticas de America 2013 (Disa).
But fans' taste for uptempo, urban-leaning music hasn't waned. After all, the year-end Latin Digital Songs and Latin Streaming Songs recaps are dominated by such fare, with Don Omar's "Danza Kuduro" topping both recaps for a second consecutive year. Also in the top ranks is Daddy Yankee's "Limbo," which comes in at No. 4 on Latin Digital Songs and No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay Songs.
Romeo Santos ranks fourth on Top Latin Artists, with Daddy Yankee sixth and Don Omar eighth. Santos also claims the top spot on the Hot Latin Songwriters recap, thanks to hits that criss-crossed both digital and airplay charts.
Regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz come shows his mettle by coming in at No. 5 on Top Latin Artists, just two slots above La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho, whose producer-Fernando Camacho Tirado-tops the producer recap for a fourth time.
Universal Music Latin Entertainment is again the leader on the Top Latin Albums Labels recap, with 271 charting titles from its four imprints-Fonovisa (which came in as the top imprint with 85 charting titles), Disa, Universal Music Latino and Machete. At No. 2 on both the label and Top Latin Albums Imprints recaps is Sony Music Latin, with 132 and 80 charting titles, respectively.
In publishing, Sony/ATV Music, which now includes EMI, topped the Hot Latin Songs Publishing Corporations recap with 71 titles, followed by Universal Music with 35. As for the Hot Latin Songs Publishers tally, EMI Blackwood Music, with one of the catalogs now administered by Sony/ATV, edged out its indie competition to land at No. 1, followed by regional Mexican powerhouses Del Melodies and Arpa Musical.